Monthly Archives: January 2014

Dying for Chicken Wings

Just in time for Superbowl XLVIII, the National Chicken Council has issued its 2014 Wing Report: During the course of Sunday’s game, American consumers will devour a total of 1.25 billion (1,250,000,000) wings. That’s up from last year’s estimate of … Continue reading

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Remembering Eva Maria Kutscheid

When I contemplate the Buddha’s Primal Vow-Power, I find that those who meet with it do not pass by in vain. They are enabled to gain quickly The great ocean of the treasure of merit. The Land of Peace and … Continue reading

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When Studying the Dharma…

A pot turned upside down cannot be filled. When we are distracted, unwilling to learn, or preoccupied with other matters, it is not possible to receive the teachings. This mental state is compared to a pot turned upside down, because no … Continue reading

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The Qualities of the Buddha

There is one contemplation which, when often practiced and much developed, leads to the complete turning away from the world, to detachment, to stilling, to ceasing, to peace, to final penetrating knowledge, to Enlightenment, and thus to Nirvana. Noble disciples, … Continue reading

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On Account of the Buddha

Jivaka, whoever destroys living beings on account of the Tathagatha (Buddha) or the disciples of the Tathagatha, accumulates much demerit in five instances: If he said, ‘Go bring such or such living being’. In this first instance, he accumulates much … Continue reading

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Drop by Drop

Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise, gathering it little by little, fill themselves with good. —Buddha Shakyamuni

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The Buddha on Teaching the Dharma

The Dharma should be taught with the thought, ‘I will speak step-by-step.’ The Dharma should be taught with the thought, ‘I will speak explaining the right sequence.’ The Dharma should be taught with the thought, ‘I will speak out of … Continue reading

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